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Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup 

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The Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Humbucker's powerful multi-ceramic magnet structure enables this monster to cover lots of territory. This Gibson cerami...Click To Read More About This Product

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If it's no-holds-barred, in-your-face hard rock licks you want, look no further.

The Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Humbucker's powerful multi-ceramic magnet structure enables this monster to cover lots of territory. This Gibson ceramic pickup can scream or growl”never losing its rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal-clear highs. Double black open coils. The 500T pickup comes with 4-conductor shielded wiring.

FEATURES
  • Powerful ceramic magnet structure
  • Enhanced lows and clear highs
  • Double black open coils
  • 4-conductor shielded wiring

Your axe sounds great as it is, but if you really want to make it mean, this humbucker is the ticket. Put it in the cart!

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Gibson500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (10)
  • Improves sound (10)
  • Functional (7)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (3)
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    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

"Powerful Yet Clear & Bright"

I have the Gibson 496R & 500T ceramic pickup's in my Gibson USA SG Standard. I also love the Gibson 490R & 498T Alnico pickup's too. It's basically ceramic magnet VS. Alnico...Read complete review

I have the Gibson 496R & 500T ceramic pickup's in my Gibson USA SG Standard. I also love the Gibson 490R & 498T Alnico pickup's too. It's basically ceramic magnet VS. Alnico magnet. Either way you can't go wrong, but I really like the sting with gain and bell like tones on clean settings with the 496R & 500T humbuckers. One caveat. You cannot install pickup cover on ceramic magnet pickups as the covers will cause horrific microphonic squealing. I did not know this until my luthier who is a "Gold" level authorized service technician explained why covers won't work on these pickups. I hope that helps.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible!!

Found at my flying V factor X, paired with a 496R... It i way too hot, and way too unfocused. Not good for dgent, rock, and tragic at clean or blues...Read complete review

Found at my flying V factor X, paired with a 496R... It i way too hot, and way too unfocused. Not good for dgent, rock, and tragic at clean or blues sounds. Immediatly replaced for a D'activator from Dimarzio.

The best functionality for this pickup is to ell it or to familiarize yourself with soldering!!!

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5.0

Shocked

By Craig

from West Springfield, MA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

I've owned over 30 guitars, and have tried just about every 'metal' branded pickup from DiMarzio to Seymour Duncan to EMG and even Lace Sensor.

These pickups really shocked me because 99 out 100 times I end up switching stock pickups on a guitar. However, when I recently got a Gibson Flying V with this 500T and 496R in the bridge, I decided to check them out....

The biggest thing that stands out to me on the 500T and 496R is that every bit of the volume control can be used on these pickups. On EMG pickups, and to a lesser degree other passive pickups from DiMarzio (Super D) and Seymour Duncan (Blackouts, Black Winters, Nazgul) you really have either 0 or 10 and nothing in between.

The other thing that surprised me about the 500T and 496R is how well they BOTH clean up. Yes, it is possible to get a beautiful clean tone out of both these pickups...even the bridge, which really shocked me.

I'd recommend these pickups (500T & 496R) to anyone who loves playing Rock through 90's Death Metal, and they cover Metallica tones up through the early 90's as well.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"Powerful Yet Clear & Bright"

By Ove - "The Friendly Hippie"

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Cannot Use Pickup Covers

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    I have the Gibson 496R & 500T ceramic pickup's in my Gibson USA SG Standard. I also love the Gibson 490R & 498T Alnico pickup's too. It's basically ceramic magnet VS. Alnico magnet. Either way you can't go wrong, but I really like the sting with gain and bell like tones on clean settings with the 496R & 500T humbuckers. One caveat. You cannot install pickup cover on ceramic magnet pickups as the covers will cause horrific microphonic squealing. I did not know this until my luthier who is a "Gold" level authorized service technician explained why covers won't work on these pickups. I hope that helps.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Pickup Is For Metal

    By Scotchman

    from CA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

      I love a lot of pickup companies out there today (all American of course) but Gibson still makes the finest pickups available. This particular pickup, the 500T are the pickups you hear from The Scorpions "Rock You Like a Hurricane", so it kicks you in the teeth. This is not a pickup for playing clean melodies, or Rock-a-Billy, Buddy Holy type music. All of which is great music, but not for this pickup.

      I prefer the best of both worlds; a Gibson PAF (PAF tones are a must for me) at the neck which is the 490R, Burstbucker 1, Burstbucker 2 or a 57' Classic for beautiful, clean melodies. However I always prefer the 500T at the bridge when I need serious firepower without losing its shape in the muddy hum-drum of ridiculously overpowered pickups.

      I have used about every type of powerful pickup out there and nothing beats the 500T for leads. You can strike a harmonic, take your girlfriend out for dinner and a movie, come back and its still singing away. If you are playing an American made Gibson (any model) of course.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Quality Great Sound

      By PedalObsession

      from Cape Cod, MA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        I added this pickup to a Les Paul Studio project guitar because I already had a Standard with PAF type pickups and I wanted something different. I tried a Duncan Custom and found it to have too much high end, then I tried a Duncan Distortion and found it was a one trick pickup and didn't work well with pedals. Then I tried the 500T and it was perfect, amazing sustain and clarity with a higher output. It responds well when you back off on the volume. I used 500k pots and it sounds great on 8 on the knob, and allows for a nice boost when you slide it back to 10. I am very pleased. I guess I shouldn't be shocked that a Gibson pickup was the best choice for a Gibson guitar. This pickup gets a bad rap on the gear page threads, but when it comes to tone you need to decide for yourself. It may not be for everyone, and I prefer PAF medium output if I had to choose one, but I like this pickup as a high output pickup. This pickup can do metal, rock, blues and cleans up nicely IMO.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Terrible!!

        By Arislaf

        from Greece

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        Pros

        • Output

        Cons

        • Loose Sound

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Replacement

        Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        Found at my flying V factor X, paired with a 496R... It i way too hot, and way too unfocused. Not good for dgent, rock, and tragic at clean or blues sounds. Immediatly replaced for a D'activator from Dimarzio.

        The best functionality for this pickup is to ell it or to familiarize yourself with soldering!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can't Go Wrong!!!

        By Sonny6String

        from schenectady, ny

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Hot But Not
        • Improves Sound
        • Solid Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Classic To Modren Rock
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

          Back in the early 90's a friend of mine put a 500T and a 496R in my '81 LP and i loved them then... recently (sept.'13) i got a PRS Custom 24 SE, nice guitar, but the tone just wasn't there... awe i know what i'll do... yup, 500T, 496R. Problem solved!

          Really makes a nice combo, they clean up nicely with the volume knob and when you need the extra gain you got it. And guitarist with trems in the bridge don't let the lack of an F space model deter you... standard spacing works just fine.

          Hope this helped in the GREAT TONE QUEST!!!
          :)

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is an awesome humbucker!!!

          By dudley

          from Hillman, Mn

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

            Had this installed in my vintage 1980 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand, which was already an awesome sounding & playing guitar. It really improved the guitars sound! Right now I have a Demarzio in the neck position, but I think I am going to purchase the 496R to pair with the 500T. Thumbs up to Gibson on producing great sounding products!!

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I screwed up

            By dirtydee101

            from youngsville,La.

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

              Ok I've owned a few of these pickups before great for coil tapping,or straight up in your face loud use of a volume nob it tames easily I own charvels,strats,and kramers.have followed brown sound so decided to get an EVH Frankenstein pickup to replace a 500t,I have in a San dimas with it ,bad move it didn't have the deep punch and crisp treble just. Lot of sustain and real cracking type highs played it for about 4 hours and when my wife notice I screwed up a sweet sounding guitar I quickly moved back to the Gibson 500t to the bridge position sorry had to try always chasing tone but I think it's time too quit perfecting the wheel and play really missed it that bad in that short of time

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hot!

              By AFH

              from Dallas, TX

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              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                  This is a great pickup. Very hot, high output. Do be aware that installing this pickup isn't going to turn your guitar into a Gibson Explorer. There's a reason they're [$]. But it should be vast improvement over any stock pickup. I play almost exclusively metal and put this pickup in a Schecter C-1 Artist. I should have done this earlier.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good for metal especially older metal.

                  By schectertoddy

                  from West Valley City, UT

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                  Pros

                  • Clarity
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Bridge Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

                    I love this pickup for metal I get good clarity. I put this in the bridge position on my cheap Epiphone SG. I have no complaints. The pickup though is loud. Glad I bought this.

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